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Roland Hayes

Roland Hayes (June 3, 1887 – January 1, 1977) was an American lyric tenor and composer. Critics lauded his abilities and linguistic skills demonstrated with songs in French, German and Italian. Earlier African-American concert artists were not recorded because in their day recording companies were only interested in a vaudeville type of singer. Hayes was the first to break this barrier and in 1939 he recorded with Columbia.

Hayes' predecessors as well-known African-American concert artists, though not recorded because their performances were not minstrelsy, include Sissieretta Jones and Marie Selika.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 3rd, 1887 (Georgia), Died January 1st, 1977 (Boston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: tenor vocal, composer, arranger

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CS-98637 12-in. 1/14/1936 Lord, I can't stay away Marian Anderson ; Kosti Vehanen Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor BS-Test-2501 10-in. 7/1/1936 Auch kleine Dinge Roland Hayes Tenor vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-Test-2502 10-in. 7/1/1936 Wonne der Wehmuth Roland Hayes Tenor vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor BS-Test-2503 10-in. 7/1/1936 Lemme shine Roland Hayes Tenor vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal, arranger  
Victor [Trial 1917-11-19-01] Not documented 11/19/1917 A spirit flower Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-11-09-01] 10-in. 11/9/1923 I'm so glad trouble don't last always Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1923-11-09-02] 10-in. 11/9/1923 Arietta Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-02] 10-in. 5/4/1927 The crucifixion Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-03] 10-in. 5/4/1927 Little David Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-04] 10-in. 5/4/1927 Du bist die Ruh Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Victor [Trial 1927-05-04-05] 10-in. 5/4/1927 Der Jüngling an der Quelle Roland Hayes Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, tenor vocal  
Brunswick E5158-E5160 10-in. 5/20/1927 Lord, I can’t stay away Violet Harmony Singers Female vocal chorus composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hayes, Roland," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104262.

Hayes, Roland. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104262.

"Hayes, Roland." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104262

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